One very special library

My Fuji X-Pro1 and 18mm f2 lens was the perfect combination to capture the dark interior of a great building in the North-West of England. The building is the John Rylands Library which sits on one of Manchester’s main shopping streets.  It’s a real gem of a building that is open to the public and yet it is missed by so many visitors to the City.

The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband. The architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.

The Library is now part of The University of Manchester. Mrs Rylands’ memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items.

These photographs don’t even touch on the reading areas – I only had a very short time to visit but I will return.


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